DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The National Motorsports Appeals Panel announced Wednesday that it has modified the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East penalty assessed last month to DGR-Crosley for a violation of the preseason testing policy.
The No. 17 Toyota team was originally docked 100 driver and owner points, while team owner David Gilliland and driver Ty Gibbs were suspended for three races apiece and car chief Chad Walter was suspended indefinitely. All three were fined $5,000 as well.
After hearing DGR-Crosley’s appeal, the penalties for Walter were rescinded by the appeals panel, while Gilliland and Gibbs’ penalties were upheld.
The owner and driver duo will now be forced to sit out the next three K&N East events, consisting of a stop at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on April 6 and twin 100-lap point races at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on May 4.
Gibbs finished second in his K&N East debut earlier this month driving for DGR-Crosley, while teammates Drew Dollar and Tanner Gray crossed the line ninth and 12th in their respective series debuts.
The appeals panel consisted of Dixon Johnston, a former Proctor and Gamble brand manager and an executive at Trone and SkyBox International; Bill Mullis, the track operator at Langley Speedway; and Dale Pinilis, the longtime operator of Bowman-Gray Stadium.
Should they so choose, DGR-Crosley has the option to submit a final appeal to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, Bryan Moss, in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR Rule Book.